Author Archives: Brook Hines

Ahead of Hurricane Michael, State Rep Amy Mercado calls for extension of voter registration period

“Gov. Scott should extend the voter registration deadline to October 16” Today, Representative Amy Mercado released the following statement: “We should be making it easier for people to vote, not harder. Gov. Scott should extend the voter registration deadline to October 16 and allow everyone in the path of the hurricane to be able to […]

Kavanaugh and Trump’s legitimacy problem

If American Democracy were a car, the concept of legitimacy would be the fuel that makes it go. A system without legitimacy gets stranded. Since election night 2016 many have opined about Trump’s ‘crisis of legitimacy,’ but the Kavanaugh confirmation has for the first time exposed a credible legitimacy battle that the Trump Administration will […]

Young American Dreamers celebrate 8 years of advocacy and service in Polk County

It’s hard to believe, but the Polk County powerhouse of advocacy in the immigration reform community—Young American Dreamers—will celebrate its eighth anniversary on May 19. To mark the special day the group will be celebrating with a cookout at Lake Blue Park in Winter Haven. With members ranging from elementary school children to college-aged young […]

Occam’s Razor and FDP’s sudden sexual harassment resignations

Something isn’t adding up about the sudden resignations of the Florida Democratic Party Chair Stephen Bittel and President Sally Boynton Brown.  Following reports of “creepy behavior” and boob-themed desk accoutrement, Bittel quickly stepped down from his position as party chair on Friday, and yesterday, after an open letter that seemed to indicate every intention to […]

Brazile: fundraising agreements sold out DNC to Clinton campaign

If we’ve learned anything from the Donna Brazile revelations, it’s that we can rely on Donna Brazile to do the right thing—after she’s tried everything else. We also learned from Brazile’s exposé that my hypothesis laid out in Part 2 of the DNC Fraud Lawsuit series was right on the money. Now we have specifics. […]

Tracking Hurricanes—with Bryan Norcross

Bryan Norcross is a familiar face to south Floridians and to people across the country. Norcross who was the most prominent television meteorologist in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale TV market for two decades has a greater expertise in the history of Atlantic Hurricanes than just about anyone alive today. Hurricane Andrew’s 25th Anniversary which we’ve covered […]

DNC Fraud Lawsuit: must-see Jimmy Dore interview of Jared Beck

News has come at us fast and furious since Friday. In addition to Hurricane Harvey and the resignation/shitcanning of Sebastian Gorka from his ill-defined White House advisory position, we also learned that the DNC Fraud Lawsuit was dismissed. Same as with the motion to dismiss, I have a lot to say about the judge’s order […]

What we’re reading: Hell and High Water —prescient ProPublica hurricane report

Some people stock up on batteries and bottled water. I prepare for hurricane season by sharpening my social media follows of meteorologists and climate experts. I’m a severe weather junkie. It goes beyond hurricanes. I look forward to summer in Florida because I’m crazy about storms and lightning—I love to sit out on the porch […]

Trump’s political war aligns with white nationalism

Two days before the deadly riots in Charlottesville an insane, paranoid White House National Security memo emerged that helps explain Trump’s flaccid response to the armed insurrection of white nationalists at University of Virginia. If you’re wondering how the President of the United States could say there are “fine people” within the ranks of the Nazi brotherhood, […]

Leaked Sy Hersh audio suggests Seth Rich saga points to larger US intelligence bombshell

    When NPR broke the story of Rod Wheeler’s lawsuit against FOX news over coverage of Seth Rich, it seemed as if a consensus would emerge that the reporting was baseless, and that would be the end of that. But some stories just refuse to end convincingly in “nothing to see here.” Wheeler’s lawsuit […]